Finally a little snow and some colder weather arrived over the weekend. We were away at the Fly Fishing Show in Denver meeting old and new friends so we missed it. By Monday everything had cleared and there was little evidence of the fall except in the shade. There is a chance for some more snow on Wednesday, but generally the outlook is for clear warm weather over the next week.
It is evident that the visitors over the holidays have left. The river is almost deserted as are the streets. It is usual for it to be quiet now for a few weeks so with the promise of good weather, there will be the opportunity to get out onto the river will little traffic in true winter fashion. It has been remarkably busy over the past 2 weeks with the warm weather and scant snow.
There is much talk of course about the low snow fall over the past 6 weeks. Currently the snow water equivalent is half of the average at this time of year. But generally much of the snowfall comes during February, March and April so there is plenty of time for the averages to catch up. The current level of Ruedi is about 5000 acrefeet above the same time last year with the reservoir 76.5% full.
If you are considering coming up over the next week, the conditions will be excellent. We have caught up with posting some photos we have taken over the past 2 weeks to give you an idea of the fishing that we have been enjoying. We are not exaggerating how good it has been.
Current Flow: below the Dam 91cfs. (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page)
As the holiday crowds dissipate the Pan is practically deserted now. The little snow we recieved several days ago has left little impact with the river remaining very accessible. The warmer temperatures during the day cleared off most of the snow in the sun so there is little difficulty parking anywhere. The forecast is for generally clear weather over the next week. Perhaps a little snow on Wednesday but nothing much else is predicted.
So with the relatively thin cover on the ski mountains if you are coming up, the fishing will be excellent.
Recommended Flies:There is good fishing now on midges and BWO's.
The midges will come off during the day, particularly if it is sunny. So try WD-40's #20, red and black chironocones #20, brassies #18 - #22, midge larva patterns #18 - #22, copper johns #18 - #22, black polywings #18 - #22 and garcia's rojo midges # 18 - #22.
Current Flow: near Emma - iced-up (if you want more uptodate figures check out current readings on our "Links" page).
The fishing has been very good of late with the fish on a typical winter dries, of eggs, worms, midge larvae, small baetis and stonefly nymphs. It is all nymphing and with the river in such great condition and minimal snow it is very accessable.
Recommended Flies: The best results on the Fork now are from nymphing using eggs, worms, midge larvae and emergers, stonefly and baetis nymphs.
The water conditions on the Colorado are excellent at the moment with excellent clarity and BWO hatches coming off on the relatively warmer days. Cameron has commented on the number of locals who have taken the opportunity to get out onto the Colorado wade fishing over the past warm days. The low water has made wading access excellent.
Recommended Flies: Stonefly nymphs, rubberleg patterns, with midges, eggs, worms and small baetis patterns behind the lead fly.